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August 17th, 2018

3 Top-10 Seeds Lose, Rains Force Halep to Double-Up Friday at WTA Cincinnati

“I don’t know how [I saved match point] because she did a really great serve and I just played the [return], I don’t know, like a baby.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:14 am in Tennis | No Comments »

August 12th, 2018

Halep Tops Stephens in Another Blockbuster in WTA Rogers Cup Final

“This week, it’s been an amazing effort,” said Halep after claiming her third title of the year. “It’s brutal, the effort for me. This week it was really tough.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:44 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

August 12th, 2018

No Warm Welcome for Serena Williams in WTA Cincinnati Draw: Preview

Tough starts for (4) Kerber vs. Pavlyuchenkova who she is 6-6 career against, the wrist-addled (13) Keys vs. (WC) Mattek-Sands in an all-American, (9) Pliskova vs. Radwanska (winner to meet Konta), (6) Garcia vs. (WC) Azarenka, (8) Kvitova vs. the Serena-Gavrilova winner, (15) Mertens vs. Rybarikova who she has a losing record against, (5) Svitolina vs. (WC) Kuznetsova, and (2) Wozniacki vs. the Bertens-Vandeweghe winner…

Posted by Staff @ 9:28 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

August 12th, 2018

Halep v Stephens, French Open Rematch in Rogers Cup WTA Montreal Final

“Once I get on a good run at a tournament, I’m pretty consistent, pretty solid,” Stephens said. “I just try to keep playing, keep competing, fight hard. Once you get to this point, the quarters, semis, finals of a tournament, everyone is good. You just have to compete hard, try to stay calm, and play your game as best you can…Overall I’m playing good. Good weather, good conditions, good court. We’re in North America. Food is good. Just pretty consistent overall.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:45 am in Tennis | No Comments »

August 5th, 2018

Preview: Serena Drops Out, Insane Men’s Openers at Rogers Cup Tennis

The outrageous number of opening-round seeds vs. floaters match-ups includes (16) Kyrgios vs. (WC) Wawrinka, (11) Schwartzman vs. Edmund, (6) Cilic vs. Coric, (3) Del Potro vs. Nishikori, (14) Fognini vs. Johnson (winner to meet Shapovalov), (5) Dimitrov vs. Verdasco, (10) Goffin vs. Raonic, (4) Anderson vs. Rublev, (7) Thiem vs. the fast-rising Tsitsipas, (9) Djokovic vs. Chung, and (2) Zverev vs. Ferrer…

Posted by Staff @ 11:31 am in Canadian Open, Montreal, Tennis, Toronto | 1 Comment »

August 1st, 2018

Konta Clobbers Serena In San Jose, Handing American Worst Career Loss

Serena Williams managed just one game against Johanna Konta Tuesday night in San Jose.

Posted by Staff @ 10:35 am in San Jose, Washington | 2 Comments »

July 2nd, 2018

Top 5 seeds Stephens, Svitolina Exit on Day 1 at Wimbledon

Also orchestrating upsets were Czech Katerina Siniakova outlasting an ankle-addled No. 16 seed CoCo Vandeweghe 6-7(3), 6-3, 8-6, Romanian Sorana Cirstea topping No. 19 Magdalena Rybarikova 7-5, 6-3, Italy’s Camila Giorgi grinding down No. 21 Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, and German veteran Andrea Petkovic beating No. 31 Zhang Shuai 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

Posted by Staff @ 11:33 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 19 Comments »

June 30th, 2018

Wimbledon Preview: Serena in Group of Death, Stephens Can Become No. 1

The Group of Death contains two former No. 1s, a No. 2, and last year’s US Open semifinalist and quarterfinalist among other floaters…Tough starts for (5) Svitolina vs. the grasscourt title-winner Maria, (21) Sevastova vs. Giorgi, (32) Radwanska vs. Safarova 2nd rd., and (2) Wozniacki vs. Makarova 2nd rd…(25) Serena’s early path is former world No. 1 junior Arantxa Rus, a qualifier/wildcard, then (5) Svitolina, then (10) Keys.

Posted by Staff @ 10:57 am in Tennis, Wimbledon | 1 Comment »

June 9th, 2018

Halep Break Slam Duck, Beats Stephens for 1st Title at French Open

It is 10 years after Halep won the girls’ title at the French Open and 40 years since a Romanian won in Paris, following Virginia Ruzici in 1978.

Posted by Staff @ 11:24 pm in French Open | 12 Comments »

June 7th, 2018

War of Mystifying Words as Halep, Stephens Face Off in French Open Final

So to summarize: Stephens is strong, she hits the ball, and it’s a match on clay.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 9:58 pm in French Open, Tennis | 73 Comments »

June 5th, 2018

Keys and Stephens Win, Keep It Not-Weird Going Into French Open Semifinals

“We are not going to be weird and awkward and make it, like, weird for each other,” Stephens said. “I think everything will be normal. And then when we get on the court, it’s time to compete. It’s go time. Until then, we’re the same girls as always.”

Posted by Staff @ 6:01 pm in French Open, Tennis | 2 Comments »

June 3rd, 2018

Keys, Stephens Lead American Charge Into French Open Quarters; Serena v Maria Monday

“A lot of girls dream of making quarters or semis, and now that I’ve done that at all four Slams that’s pretty awesome,” Stephens said. “That was definitely a goal, and I’m glad to finally make it through to the quarterfinals here.”

Posted by Staff @ 6:32 pm in French Open, Tennis | 6 Comments »

May 27th, 2018

Dimitrov, Zverev, Ostapenko And Venus Open Play Sunday At French Open

The French Open begins Sunday with a star-studded line-up including two former French Open champions, Jelena Ostapenko who opens her title defense and qualifier Francesca Schiavone. For the women, former runner-up Venus Williams plays her 21st French Open and four seed and tournament favorite Elina Svitolina embarks on her bid not just for a first [...]

Posted by Staff @ 6:38 am in French Open | 11 Comments »

May 20th, 2018

Stephens, Barty Headline Pre-French Events at Nurnberg, Strasbourg; WTA Previews

(2) Gavrilov starts against American Jennifer Brady and is then looking at the veteran Stosur in the second round, which would be a rematch of last year’s final…

Posted by Staff @ 4:27 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

May 12th, 2018

Top Seeds Halep, Wozniacki in Deep at Italian Open; Preview

Tough starts went to (1) Halep vs. the Azarenka-Osaka winner, (13) Keys vs. Pavlyuchenkova, (9) Stephens vs. the crafty Strycova, (3) Muguruza vs. the Gavrilova-Bellis winner, (16) Barty vs. Sharapova…

Posted by Staff @ 4:52 pm in Tennis | Comments Off